Built in the 14th century, Wat Phnom makes its mark as the tallest religious structure in Phnom Penh.
The Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh, also known as Wat Preah Chedey Borapaut is significant, as it is the origin of Phnom Penh city. The four Buddha statues that were said to be found by Lady Penh by the Mekong River are housed in one of the pagodas here. This place attributes to the name Phnom Penh, which means hills of Penh. A museum also houses many artifacts and antiques.
The Wat Phnom is located at northern part of Norodom Boulevard, about 15 minutes walk from Central Market.
Opening Days and Hours
The temple opens daily from 07:00 to 18:30, whereas the museum opens daily from 07:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
The entry fee to Wat Phnom is USD 1, while entrance to the museum costs USD 2 per person.
How to Get There
Most visitors get here by either tuk-tuks or taxis. Walking is viable for visitors staying nearby.
Wat Phnom makes a good sight-seeing spot for architecture fans and visitors seeking for a spiritual experience. It suits visitors consisting of small groups of friends, solo travelers, young couples, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
Spend around 1 to 2 hours visiting the temple and the museum.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Wat Phnom is more crowded in the morning and evening, and most crowded during the Chaul Chnam Thmey or Cambodian New Year, which falls from April 13 to 15. It is advisable to not visit during the said time in order to avoid the crowd.
The Wat Phnom is perfect for those hoping to capture a little bit of good luck. Most visitors come to pray for success in business or other ventures.
Food stall are located nearby. You may also want to head over to the markets nearby for more options.
Safety and Fraud
Monkeys live within the temple grounds and you should always keep a safe distance from them.
The Wat Phnom is within walking distance to the Central Market (15 minutes). The Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace of Phnom Penh are both located about 10 minutes away by tuk-tuk.
Phnom Penh offers various accommodation options in different price points.
Good to Know
It is important to take note of the dress code, which is similar to visiting any religious site. You are also required to remove your shoes prior to entering the main worshipping area.